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Bonfire of the documents?
« on: May 12, 2022, 05:20:21 PM »
Perhaps this is a silly question, but it's for those of you who have completed the citizenship process (all the way to receiving a UK passport). Have you kept all of your paperwork, forms, applications, documentation? And If so, for how long?

I'd like nothing more than to burn or shred everything that I don't need (obviously keeping originals of marriage certificates and other important stuff), but I'm just curious about what others have done.
Met online: 12 Feb 1997
Met in person: 8 July 1997
Married in the US: 10 Aug 1999
Submitted online Spousal Visa application: 26 March 2015
Visa received: 22 April 2015
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Re: Bonfire of the documents?
« Reply #1 on: May 13, 2022, 07:54:55 AM »
Perhaps this is a silly question, but it's for those of you who have completed the citizenship process (all the way to receiving a UK passport). Have you kept all of your paperwork, forms, applications, documentation? And If so, for how long?

I'd like nothing more than to burn or shred everything that I don't need (obviously keeping originals of marriage certificates and other important stuff), but I'm just curious about what others have done.

I have kept all of our applications. I put such a lot of work into each of them that I'm not inclined to throw them away.  :)  I got rid of all the excess mail pretty quickly afterwards though!


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Re: Bonfire of the documents?
« Reply #2 on: May 13, 2022, 12:02:09 PM »
I have kept all of our applications. I put such a lot of work into each of them that I'm not inclined to throw them away.  :)  I got rid of all the excess mail pretty quickly afterwards though!

I know--I put so much time and money into the whole process, but I'm not sure I want to keep it just as a memento. I mostly worry that I might need them for something (like old tax returns), so I'm afraid to discard them.
Met online: 12 Feb 1997
Met in person: 8 July 1997
Married in the US: 10 Aug 1999
Submitted online Spousal Visa application: 26 March 2015
Visa received: 22 April 2015
Left US on 7 July 2015; arrived in the UK: 8 July 2015
FLR(M) application approved: 13 Jan 2018
BRP received: 17 Jan 2018
ILR(M) application submitted online: 11 June 2020
ILR(M) approved: 12 Nov 2020
BRP received: 17 Nov 2020
Naturalisation submitted (Nov 21); confirmed (Nov 23)
Biometrics: 21 Dec 2020
UK Citizenship email: 29 March 2021
Citizenship ceremony: 14 June 2021


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Re: Bonfire of the documents?
« Reply #3 on: May 13, 2022, 01:10:16 PM »
We moved to the USA in 1987 on a company work visa and got our Green Cards after 3 frustrating attempts in 1993, and our US Citizenship in 1998.  I kept all the paperwork until we downsized from a big house in Louisiana to a much smaller place in Texas in 2004.  As part of the clear out I got rid of all the old paperwork except the Naturalization certificate.  If we hadn't moved I doubt very much that I would have got rid of all the supporting documentation as I was quite nostalgic about it even though I never looked it again.
Dual USC/UKC living in the UK since May 2016


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